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HEADLINES [click on headline to view story]:

Computer room presented to Wat Na Jomtien School

Sign of the times: Security forces on full alert during Children’s Day

Recycling adds up to bicycling for students of School No 7

Grimm Tales at the Regent’s School

Drama workshop with TNT Frankenstein

Computer room presented to Wat Na Jomtien School

Dr Wongpoom Wanasin (center), managing director of Pinnacle Hotel and Resort Group, cuts the ribbon to officially open the computer room, as Na Jomtien Mayor Srinual Makmee (3rd left) and other honored guests look on.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Na Jomtien Mayor Srinual Makmee and Dr Wongpoom Wanasin, managing director of Pinnacle Hotel and Resort Group, jointly presided over the opening of a multi-purpose building with computer study room at Wat Na Jomtien School on December 22.
Suthep Chitayawong, director of Chonburi Education Service Office Area 3, presented a commemoration certificate to Dr Wongpoom on behalf of the school.

Dr Wongpoom Wanasin (left), managing director of Pinnacle Hotel and Resort Group, and Na Jomtien Mayor Srinual Makmee (2nd left) and his group visit the computer room.
The computer study room contains 11 computers with a LAN system and computer desks totaling 300,000 baht in value.
Dr Wongpoom said that he has been working with Wat Na Jomtien School on other projects, including the training of swimming instructors at the Pinnacle Hotel and Resort, and arranging for a German teacher for the students.
Capt Singha Khumpasing, chairman of the committee for developing resources at Na Jomtien Moo 1, where the school is located, said the community would also use the multi-purpose building.
The government has provided a budget of 300,000 baht as part of its policy of strengthening the village communities, and apart from this an amount of 425,000 baht has been donated.
Wat Na Jomtien School has 205 students and 10 teachers, and teaches from kindergarten 1 to primary school 6th grade.

Sign of the times: Security forces on full alert during Children’s Day

Ariyawat Nuamsawat
Security will be extra tight on Children’s Day, January 13, with Chonburi Governor Pracha Taerat arranging for military personnel to work alongside the police as an extra precaution.

Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon calls for strict safety measures during the Children’s Day festivities.
A meeting was held at Pattaya City Hall on January 5 to discuss the arrangements.
Deputy Mayor Wattana Chantanawaranon said that activities will begin at city hall at 8:30 a.m. and despite concerns following the bombings in Bangkok over the festive season a full program will go ahead.
Amongst the activities planned are a show with dogs trained by the Royal Thai Marine Corps, a performance from the cast of Alcazar, a commando-style display of a hostage rescue exercise by the Special Forces Unit at Sattahip Naval Base, and a magic show.
There will also be a mockup of a Pattaya council meeting, with children participating and council chairman Tavich Chaiswangwong leading the proceedings.
Pattaya Orphanage, the Redemptorist Foundation and other children’s welfare organizations under Pattaya City jurisdiction will also provide activities for the children.

“I promise to be a good child of the nation.”

Recycling adds up to bicycling for students of School No 7

YWCA Bangkok - Pattaya Center members show the new bicycles to School #7 students, and announced they are ready to continue supporting the project with 2 bicycles per month for 1 year.

Vimolrat Singnikorn
Two bicycles are being presented as prizes each month by the YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center to pupils at Pattaya School No 7 who score the highest points for garbage recycling.
YWCA Bangkok-Pattaya Center chairwoman Nittaya Patimasongkroh said that the project, which is in accordance with the Pattaya City Recycle Bank Project, aims to encourage the students to bring in their recyclables in exchange for points.
The YWCA will support this project for one year by giving two bicycles per month to School No 7 for those earning the highest number of points. The first two bicycles were presented on December 28.
The school has long been involved in environmental programs, and in 2002 had participated in training for the Pattaya City Recycle Bank Project. Since then, pupils have been active in separating garbage for recycling and in 2006 won a nationwide recycling competition.

YWCA Bangkok - Pattaya Center gave a new bicycle to Anatapot Wilunpan, the Pattaya School #7 student who acquired the highest number of points during the Recycle Bank Project.

YWCA Bangkok - Pattaya members present 2 bicycles to Pattaya School #7 students that participated in the Recycle Bank Project.

Grimm Tales at the Regent’s School

An ensemble group composed of 36 students from Years 9-13 stormed the stage of the Globe Theatre at Regent’s School to give an outstanding performance of Tim Supple and Carol Ann Duffy’s adaptation of Grimm Tales.
Everybody who saw the production was amazed by the professionalism of all the young people taking part and the astonishing detail of the shantytown set built onto the specially extended stage. The audience was treated to nine vividly contrasting tales, each given a distinctive directorial style by the 8 directors involved.
There were some outstanding lead performances, especially from Jake Baker as Rumpelstilstkin, Ivie Wentworth as the wicked Queen in Snow White and Cattreya Sperbund as the Elder Sister in Ashputtel.
Everyone who saw the production agreed that it was a great success, including an excited group from St John’s International School, Bangkok who took part in a drama workshop based on Rumpelstilskin prior to seeing the production itself.

Rumpelstilskin transforms the girl.

Dumbling enchants the Princess in ‘The Golden Goose’.

The Evil Witch meets Gretel.

The Chorus in ‘Hansel and Gretel’.

A scene from ‘The Magic Table’.

Drama workshop with TNT Frankenstein

Students participating in the Frankenstein workshop.

As part of their recent excellent production of Frankenstein staged recently at the Regent’s School, Tessa Slack and Roger Clark (two of the leading actors with TNT) led an energetic and exciting workshop session with 30 drama students from Years 9-12.
The session began with a series of warm-up games, then proceeded with the students being divided into small groups to focus on scripted extracts from key scenes.
The session provided some illuminating insights into ways of building a character and working collaboratively with others. Above all, it was lots of fun!

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